Mother Jones Radio 06-04-23: "American Theocracy"; Rumsfeld and Guantanamo; Yahoo! vs. Democracy
Greed, hubris, and religious fanaticism -- the stuff of empires past, or a description of America's current elected leaders? We talk to former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips, author of "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century."
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Also, we speak with Nick Cron-De Vico, winner of the "Report it Now" high school journalism contest sponsored by the makers of "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Plus, what did Rumsfeld know about torture, and when did he know it? A new report alleges that the defense secretary knew quite a bit about the conditions at Guantanamo Bay. Michael Scherer speaks with us about his article alleging that Rumsfeld specifically approved 16 interrogation techniques -- all to be used on just one prisoner.
Finally, did Yahoo.com provide Chinese authorities with evidence to jail a pro-democracy activist? Lucie Morillon of Reporters Without Borders gives us the inside story.